Antrim Manufacturers Invest in Growth and New Jobs

Jun 15, 2017
A selection of manufacturing focussed business in Co. Antrim come together to announce investment of over £2million and 55 new jobs. Pictured (centre) are Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton and Stephen Kelly, CEO Manufacturing NI with (L – R) Ursula O’Loughlin, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Moira Loughran, Invest NI’s Eastern Regional Manager, Paul Kelly, Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, Alan Stewart from Marcon Fit-Out.

Manufacturing in Northern Ireland continues to grow as a selection of 30 businesses come together to announce investment of over £22million and 282 new jobs.

The 30 firms, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, are from a broad range of disciplines: food to chemicals, pharmaceutical to transport equipment.

"It is clear that there is real opportunity for growth in manufacturing."

- Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI

Speaking at an event hosted by Invest NI to recognise the commitment to growth within the manufacturing industry, Invest NI’s Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton said: “Today’s event is an opportunity to highlight some of the investments manufacturing focused businesses are making. The local firms we have here today are from right across Northern Ireland.

“With £1.9 million of support from Invest NI they are making a combined investment of over £22million in our economy. As well as stimulating economic growth there are also new job opportunities, with 282 new jobs being created, which will generate over £6.3million annually in additional salaries for the local economy.”

McCauley Trailers, Marcon Fit-Out, Rising Star Designs, RGM Vent and McKeown Fine Foods are among the manufacturing based firms in Co. Antrim committed to growing their business, benefiting from combined Invest NI support of over £310,000.

Collectively these firms are investing over £2million in projects that will create 55 jobs. Once in place these new jobs will generate over £1.2million annually in additional salaries to the local economy.

“These investments show real commitment from businesses to invest in the future”, continued Alastair. “With investment in new equipment, skills and training, new jobs and export development, it is clear that there is real opportunity for growth in manufacturing.”

"Manufacturing plays a huge role in the Northern Ireland economy..."

- Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI

Welcoming the investments, Stephen Kelly Manufacturing NI Chief Executive said: “Manufacturing plays a huge role in the Northern Ireland economy generating annual sales approaching £20 billion, directly employing 80,000 people, supporting production and employment in a wider supply chain and creating jobs and strong communities in every constituency across Northern Ireland.

“SMEs make up 98% of all businesses here in Northern Ireland and are at the very heart of what we do in our manufacturing base. Week in, week out, companies like this continue to work very hard to keep moving forward, to build and grow our business economy and build communities.

“It is encouraging to see the progress and developments being made by firms across all disciplines. Invest NI is offering valuable support to enable these businesses to create highly skilled, well paid jobs and drive innovation and growth in export markets.”

Northern Ireland manufacturing is rich in knowledge, skills and experience, founded on a strong heritage. A large number of manufacturing businesses account for 15 per cent of all local economic output and one in every nine local jobs.

"Growing and strengthening Northern Ireland’s manufacturing business base is core to our strategy."

- Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI

Speaking about Invest NI’s commitment to helping these businesses, Alastair Hamilton continued: “Growing and strengthening Northern Ireland’s manufacturing business base is core to our strategy. We continue to focus on growing local businesses, increasing investment, and identifying new export opportunities.

“We are working closely with organisations like Manufacturing NI to support the promotion and growth of manufacturing. We have a global reputation in areas such as our Advanced Manufacturing, materials and engineering sectors. By working in partnership with businesses we can continue to support them to capitalise on new opportunities and realise their full potential.”

The investments are underway and over 100 of the new jobs are already in place.

Manufacturing plays a huge part in the Northern Ireland economy with the latest HMRC 12 month rolling figures valuing manufacturing exports at just over £8bn.

Share this Article

Sign up for News

 Enter Code

Latest Features

How new technology is changing the way customers shop
Nick Martin, e-Business Advisor
Feb 16, 2018
Firms start 2018 on a positive footing
David Roberts, Invest NI Economist
Feb 15, 2018
Opportunities await in the land Down Under
Peter Hendrikssen Regional Manager, Australia & New Zealand
Feb 14, 2018
Giving companies a head start with our Business Information Centre
Mandy Mills, Business Information Centre Manager
Feb 13, 2018
Northern Ireland is the top UK region for supply chain excellence
Helen Smyth, PR & Media Relations
Feb 02, 2018
Why should a business pay more on its energy bills unnecessarily?
Helen Smyth, PR & Media Relations
Jan 30, 2018